US Pat. No. 9,913,386

ELECTRONIC SUBASSEMBLY FOR A PERSONAL CARE PRODUCT

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. An electronic subassembly for a personal care product comprising:
a housing defining a chamber having an open end;
a first circuit board having a rigid end positioned within the chamber and a flexible portion positioned outside the chamber;
a second circuit board positioned within the chamber, the second circuit board having a connector dimensioned to receive the
rigid end of the first circuit board; and

a plurality of ribs supporting the connector that facilitate the alignment of the connector with the rigid end of the first
circuit board.

US Pat. No. 9,511,501

SHAVING CARTRIDGES HAVING LUBRICATION MEMBERS

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A shaving blade unit comprising:
a housing having a bottom surface and a top surface, the housing having a guard and a cap;
at least one blade mounted to the housing between the guard and the cap;
a solid polymeric lubrication member comprising a water soluble polymer in front of the blades, the solid polymeric lubrication
member having an upper skin contact surface;

an elastomeric member having a plurality of fins between the at least one blade and the solid polymeric lubrication member,
wherein the upper skin contact surface of the solid polymeric lubrication member has an elongated portion in front of the
fins and a pair of lateral ends that extend from the elongated portion toward the at least one blade; and

a pair of clips securing the at least one blade to the housing wherein the pair of lateral ends of the solid polymeric lubrication
member are positioned directly in front of and immediately adjacent to the respective clips.

US Pat. No. 9,504,312

ORAL HYGIENE IMPLEMENTS HAVING FLEXIBLE ELEMENTS, AND METHODS OF MAKING THE SAME

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. An oral hygiene implement comprising:
a body having a distal end, a proximal end, and a longitudinal axis;
a secondary cleaning surface;
a cleaning or gum massaging element carrier having;
a first carrier member having a first proximal area and a first distal area; and
a second carrier member having a second proximal area and a second distal area,
a gap between a lower surface of the cleaning or gum massaging element carrier and a top surface of the secondary cleaning
surface;

wherein the first proximal area and the second proximal area are attached to the body such that the first carrier member and
the second carrier member extend toward the body;

wherein the first carrier member and the second carrier member are configured such that the first distal area and the second
distal area are unattached to the body and the first carrier member and second carrier member defining an intermediate opening
there between;

wherein the secondary cleaning surface outwardly extends from the longitudinal axis in a lateral direction substantially perpendicular
to the longitudinal axis, the secondary cleaning surface overlapping the lower surface of the cleaning or gum massaging carrier
in the lateral direction; and

the oral hygiene implement further comprising an elastomeric member attached to the body and extending through the intermediate
opening.

US Pat. No. 9,481,098

SHAVING RAZOR DEMONSTRATION APPARATUS AND METHOD

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A shaving demonstration apparatus comprising:
a rotatable support surface;
a drive unit operatively connected to the rotatable support surface;
a fixture spaced apart from the rotatable support surface;
a first shaving razor having a first handle mounted to the fixture;
a first blade cartridge unit mounted to an end of the first handle, wherein the first blade cartridge unit contacts the rotatable
support surface, wherein the rotatable support surface is a drum having a first cross section of a first ellipse.

US Pat. No. 9,579,809

REMOVABLE RAZOR CARTRIDGE HAVING MAGNETIC ELEMENTS

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A shaving razor system comprising:
a handle having a connection base with a housing mounting surface;
a housing having a guard and a cap, at least one blade mounted to the housing between the guard and the cap, and an interconnect
member with a handle mounting surface that magnetically engages the housing mounting surface securing the housing to the connection
base during a shaving stroke, wherein the interconnect member slidably engages the connection base in a direction generally
transverse to a direction of a magnetic attraction force between the connection base and the interconnect member, wherein
the handle mounting surface has at least one magnetic element that magnetically attracts a metallic surface on the connection
base of the handle.

US Pat. No. 9,718,201

SHAVING RAZOR PIVOT LOCK

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A shaving razor comprising:
a handle having a gripping portion extending along a longitudinal axis and a head;
a cartridge mounted to the handle, the cartridge having a shaving surface with at least one blade having a blade edge, and
an opposing surface, the cartridge having a forward pivot position and a rearward pivot position relative to the handle;

a pivot locking mechanism positioned on the head of the handle, the pivot locking mechanism having a pusher member that slides
toward and away from the cartridge between an engaged position and a disengaged position wherein the pusher member in the
engaged position directly contacts the opposing surface of the cartridge forcing the cartridge in the forward pivot position
preventing the cartridge from pivoting with respect to the handle, and the pusher member in the disengaged position is spaced
apart from the opposing surface of the cartridge in the forward pivot position allowing the cartridge to pivot relative to
the handle, wherein the pivot locking mechanism comprises a latch that locks the pusher member in the engaged position and
the latch has an upper portion extending from a body of the latch that facilitates the latch pivoting to release the latch
allowing the pusher member to slide to the disengaged position.

US Pat. No. 9,855,665

STRENGTHENED RAZOR BLADE

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A method for strengthening a razor blade comprising the steps of:
a. providing a substrate comprising a cutting edge in a vacuum chamber;
b. supplying into the vacuum chamber a nitrogen-containing gas mixture comprising between about 1-12% by volume of nitrogen
and between about 88-99% by volume of hydrogen; and

c. nitriding the substrate with the nitrogen-containing gas mixture to form a mixed nitride-substrate interregion disposed
at or beneath a surface of the substrate;

wherein the razor blade comprises the substrate with the cutting edge, the substrate comprising the mixed nitride-substrate
interregion disposed at or beneath the surface of the substrate, the mixed nitride-substrate interregion and the substrate
being free of gamma prime or epsilon phases.

US Pat. No. 9,751,228

SHAVING CARTRIDGES HAVING THERMAL SENSORS

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A shaving razor system comprising:
a housing comprising a guard, a cap, and one or more blades located between the guard and the cap, said guard being positioned
in front of said one or more blades, said cap being positioned behind said one or more blades,

a heating element in front of the one or more blades for transferring heat during a shaving stroke, said heating element comprising
a skin contacting surface;

an insulating member for delivering heat to the heating element;
an electrical circuit configured to deliver energy to the insulating member, the electrical circuit comprising a control circuit
for temperature regulation;

a power source in communication with the electrical circuit;
a plurality of spaced apart thermal sensors directly mounted to the insulating member and positioned below the skin contacting
surface, wherein the thermal sensors independently output a temperature of the heating element and are in communication with
the control circuit.

US Pat. No. 9,713,878

INDICIA FOR RAZOR WITH A ROTATABLE PORTION

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A razor comprising:
a first component comprising a first indicia on a surface of the first component; and
a second component configured to rotate relative to the first component about a first axis of rotation, the second component
comprising at least one blade and a second indicia on a surface of the second component, the second component configured to
rotate relative to the first component about a second axis of rotation, wherein the second axis of rotation and the first
axis of rotation are non-coplanar,

wherein the second component is in a preloaded neutral position when at rest such that the first indicia and the second indicia
are in alignment at rest and out of alignment when the second component has been rotated about the first axis of rotation.

US Pat. No. 9,533,424

RAZOR HANDLE

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A method of making a razor handle comprising:
(a) providing an at least partially hollow elongated structure, the elongated structure having an interior surface, an exterior
surface, a first opening at a proximate end, and a second opening along a length of the elongated structure, the second opening
extending from the interior surface to the exterior surface; and

(b) providing, within said elongated structure, an at least partially hollow sleeve having an interior surface and an exterior
surface comprising a protrusion, wherein the protrusion extends through the second opening to the exterior surface of the
elongated structure thereby forming a gripping member, wherein, at the first opening, the proximate end of the elongated structure
is adapted to separably engage a proximate end of a cartridge support structure.

US Pat. No. 9,889,571

RAZOR CARTRIDGE WITH A LUBRICATION MEMBER HAVING A PRINTED SUPPORT STRUCTURE

The Gillette Company LLC,...

10. A razor cartridge comprising;
a. a guard at a front portion of said cartridge, a cap at a back portion of said cartridge, at least one blade positioned
between said guard and said cap, a top surface of the razor cartridge, and a lubricating member positioned at said top surface,
said lubricating member comprising an exterior surface, said exterior surface comprises a top surface exposed for contacting
with a surface to be shaved during use and a bottom surface; positioned below the top surface of the razor cartridge and obstructed
from a user's view so that the non-visible surface is not in contact with the surface to be shaved during use

b. a separate printed support structure on said bottom surface of said exterior surface of said lubricating member, said printed
support providing structural integrity for said lubricating member.

US Pat. No. 9,833,916

DISPOSABLE FLUID DISPENSING RESERVOIR

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A hair removal and fluid application device, said device comprising a front surface, an opposing back surface, an upper
portion, an opposing lower portion, a fluid reservoir and a support body, said front surface of said upper portion comprises
a hair removal means and said back surface of said upper portion comprises a fluid dispensing means, said fluid reservoir
is positioned between said front surface and said back surface and in fluid communication with said fluid dispensing means,
said reservoir comprising at least one liquid compartment, said reservoir having at least one sealed edge, having two surfaces
and at least one opening means, wherein said opening means is releasably attached in between said two surfaces of said sealed
edge and extending outwardly there from.

US Pat. No. 9,802,328

RAZOR CARTRIDGE GUARD STRUCTURE

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A razor comprising:
a cartridge comprising a housing, said housing including a guard structure in front of a plurality of blades, said guard structure
comprising a plurality of rows of elongated hard plastic protrusions having rounded tips arranged on a tip curved profile,
and

more than half of said guard structure is unsupported and extends beyond said housing in an overhanging manner, and
wherein said protrusions comprise valleys between said protrusions, said valleys are arranged on a valley curved profile different
than said tip curved profile, and said valley curved profile provides said valleys with different cross sectional areas for
improving shaving aid retention.

US Pat. No. 9,718,594

ORAL CARE INSTRUMENT AND PACKAGE THEREFORE

THE GILLETTE COMPANY LLC,...

1. A toothbrush in a display package, comprising:
a handle;
a head including a plurality of contact elements, the head being attached to a neck, the neck being disposed between the head
and the handle and the neck being attached to the handle;

an indication element disposed between the head and the handle, the indication element being in electrical communication with
a power source;

a switch for connecting the indication element to the power source, the switch having a first position in which the indication
element is not energized and a second position for effecting the energizing of the indication element, the switch being placed
in the second position when a force is applied to the head; and

an at least partially translucent package body configured to at least, partially cover the toothbrush, the package body including
an open area configured to facilitate application of a force to the head and/or neck through the package body to place the
switch in the second position, wherein the package body comprises a first portion and a second portion and the open area allows
the second portion to bend with respect to the first portion.

US Pat. No. 9,717,324

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A TOOTHBRUSH AND TOOTHBRUSH PRODUCED THEREBY

THE GILLETTE COMPANY LLC,...

1. A method of producing a manual toothbrush comprising a head having at least one cleaning element having a first end mounted
to the head, a handle, and a neck portion connected to the head and to the handle, the method comprising:
providing a coupling element comprising a first end structured and configured to be located in the neck portion and a second
end structured and configured to be located in the handle, the first end being opposite to the second end, wherein providing
a coupling element comprises making the coupling element by injection-molding;

arranging the first end of the coupling element in a first injection molding cavity;
providing the at least one cleaning element and arranging the first end thereof in the first injection molding cavity;
injecting a first plastic material into the first injection molding cavity, wherein the first end of the at least one cleaning
element and the first end of the coupling element are over-molded, thereby forming at least a portion of the head and the
neck portion;

providing a handle comprising a receiving element, wherein providing a handle comprises making the handle by injection-molding;
irreversibly interconnecting the second end of the coupling element and the receiving element of the handle, thereby forming
the manual toothbrush,

wherein the injection molding of the coupling element and the injection molding of the handle is performed in parallel.

US Pat. No. 9,707,690

HEATED SHAVING RAZOR HANDLE

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A shaving razor system comprising:
a handle having an elongated gripping portion with a proximal end portion and a distal end portion, a connection base mounted
to the proximal end portion of the handle, a heater bar operably connected to a power source positioned within the handle,
the heater bar being joined to the connection base;

a removable razor cartridge having a housing with a guard, a cap and at least one blade mounted to the housing between the
guard and the cap, an interconnect member fixed to the housing having a handle mounting surface releasably engaged with a
corresponding surface on the connection base; and the interconnect member is rigidly fixed to the housing and the connection
base is pivotably mounted to the proximal end portion of the handle wherein the heater bar has an elongated portion extending
generally parallel to the blade and a pair of opposing lateral end portions that extend generally transverse from the elongated
portion toward the blade and each lateral end portion has a respective notch dimensioned to receive at least a portion of
a clip on the housing.

US Pat. No. 9,636,830

HEATED SHAVING RAZORS

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A heating unit for a shaving razor comprising:
a heat delivering element for transferring heat during a shaving stroke, said heat delivering element comprising a skin contacting
surface and an opposing bottom surface; and

an insulating member having a conductive heating track that extends around a perimeter of the insulating member and an electrical
circuit track on the insulating member and spaced apart from the conductive heating track, wherein the electrical track has
at least one thermal sensor.

US Pat. No. 9,808,944

METHODS OF MANUFACTURING SILICON BLADES FOR SHAVING RAZORS

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A method for manufacturing at least one razor blade comprising:
providing a mono-crystalline silicon wafer comprising a {100} surface;
etching the mono-crystalline silicon wafer at an angle relative to the surface {100} to expose an {111} plane where the {111}
plane intersects the {100} surface at an angle and a second plane to provide at least one blade edge having between about
a 19.5 degree included blade angle and about a 35.3 degree included blade angle;

applying at least one inner layer on the at least one blade edge;
providing a radius of curvature of the at least one blade edge between about 20 nanometers and about 100 nanometers after
deposition of the at least one inner layer;

applying at least one outer layer on the at least one blade edge; and
removing the at least one razor blade from the mono-crystalline silicon wafer.

US Pat. No. 9,908,250

HEATED SHAVING RAZORS

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A shaving razor system comprising:
a housing comprising a guard, a cap, and one or more blades located between the guard and the cap, said guard being positioned
in front of said one or more blades, said cap being positioned behind said one or more blades,

a heat delivering element mounted to the housing for transferring heat during a shaving stroke, said heat delivering element
comprising a skin contacting surface;

an insulating member that comprises a conductive heating track and an electrical circuit track that is spaced apart from the
conductive heating track, wherein the electrical track has at least one thermal sensor; and

wherein the electrical circuit track extends within a perimeter of the conductive heating track.

US Pat. No. 9,636,898

DEVICE FOR FUSING THE ENDS OF THERMOPLASTIC FILAMENTS

THE GILLETTE COMPANY LLC,...

1. A method of fusing without contact the ends of thermoplastic filaments grouped together to form at least two tufts arranged
with a distance therebetween, the method comprising the steps of:
providing an arrangement of at least two tufts of thermoplastic filaments, the tufts having a distance therebetween;
providing a heating plate at least partly made from a conductive material and structured to have at least two heating sectors
separated from one another by at least one separation sector structured to emit less thermal radiation then the heating sectors,
wherein each of the heating sectors comprises conductive material and has a heating surface on a heating side of the heating
plate, the surfaces corresponding in shape and position to the shape and position of the ends of the tufts;

exposing the ends of the tufts to the heating plate such that the tuft ends and the heating sectors are aligned with each
other; and

generating an electric-current flow through the heating sectors so that the heating surfaces of the heating sectors emit thermal
radiation that is absorbed by the ends of the filaments whereby the ends of the filaments melt and the filaments of each of
the at least two tufts are fused together.

US Pat. No. 10,383,267

METHOD OF ASSEMBLING AN ELECTRONIC SUBASSEMBLY FOR A PERSONAL CARE PRODUCT

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A method of assembling an electronic subassembly for a powered personal care product comprising:manufacturing a hollow housing defining a chamber having a first open end and an opposing second open end;
inserting a rigid end of a first circuit board into the first open end of the housing;
inserting a second circuit board subassembly having a second circuit board into the chamber through the second open end; and
connecting the first circuit board to the second circuit board within the chamber of the housing,
further comprising assembling a first circuit board subassembly by connecting the first circuit board to the housing, wherein said connecting the first circuit board to the housing comprises molding plastic around a portion of the rigid end of the first circuit board to form a seal between the rigid end and the housing,
wherein the first circuit board is molded to the housing prior to inserting the second circuit board subassembly into the chamber through the second open end, and
further comprising sealing the opposing second open end.

US Pat. No. 10,131,063

ADAPTER FOR ATTACHING A RAZOR CARTRIDGE TO A RAZOR HANDLE

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A razor comprising:a. a razor cartridge, said razor cartridge comprising a housing forming a front surface and a rear surface opposite said front surface, said rear surface comprising a pair of distally positioned arc shaped receiving regions and a camming surface;
b. an adapter having a front engagement surface and a rear engagement surface opposite said front engagement surface,
i. said front engagement surface comprising a pair of outwardly facing arc shaped bearings for mating into said pair of arc shaped receiving regions of said razor cartridge, and
ii. said rear engagement surface forming a recess and a pair of detents positioned on a wall formed from said adapter, said pair of detents protruding radially inward; and
c. a handle, said handle comprising a distal end and a proximal end, said proximal end being shaped to removably engage said recess, said proximal end forming receiving regions to accept said pair of detents formed in said adapter wall, said proximal end comprising a spring biased plunger having a cam follower surface,
d. wherein said front engagement surface of said adapter forms an aperture, and said cam follower surface extends through said aperture to engage the camming surface of said razor cartridge.

US Pat. No. 10,035,275

FLUID DISPENSING HAIR REMOVAL DEVICE

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A hair removal device comprising:a shaving cartridge having at least one blade;
a collapsible reservoir suitable for containing a fluid to be dispensed during use of the hair removal device;
a handle forming a deformably rigid container enclosing said collapsible reservoir; and
an intermediate layer between at least a part of the collapsible reservoir and the deformably rigid container;
a fluid outlet adapted to allow fluid to dispense from collapsible reservoir to the shaving cartridge, said fluid outlet defined by said collapsible reservoir, wherein the container comprises a mono-stable button adapted to pressurize air in the deformably rigid container, thereby collapsing the collapsible reservoir and causing fluid to be dispensed; and
a first one-way valve adapted to allow air to enter the deformably rigid container when the mono-stable button is actuated but not exit the deformably rigid container, said first one way valve formed on said deformably rigid container, wherein said deformably rigid container is free of any air outlet aside from the fluid outlet.

US Pat. No. 9,989,596

DISCHARGE STATE INDICATOR

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A battery-operated shaver comprising:a discharge state indicator circuit comprising:
a battery,
an inductive load connected to the battery,
a controllable switch connected in series with the inductive load and the battery, and
a display element connected in series with the inductive load and the battery, wherein when a voltage of the battery is lower than a first threshold level the controllable switch opens to change a state of the display element and a voltage that is induced in the inductive load is added to the voltage of the battery sufficient for operating the display device.

US Pat. No. 9,950,436

METHOD OF ASSEMBLING AN ELECTRONIC SUBASSEMBLY FOR A PERSONAL CARE PRODUCT

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A method of assembling a consumer appliance comprising:providing an adapter having a body with a tapered guide surface;
positioning a first circuit board within the adapter, wherein a flexible portion of the first circuit board extends from one end of the adapter and a rigid end of the first circuit board extends from the other end of the adapter;
providing a housing with a first opening and a second opening and a chamber between the first and second openings;
inserting a second circuit board having an electrical connector into the chamber thru the opening;
engaging the tapered surface of the adapter with a corresponding tapered guide surface of the housing; and
connecting the rigid end of the first circuit board to the electrical connector.

US Pat. No. 9,938,063

PACKAGE FOR STORING A PLURALITY OF PRODUCTS

THE GILLETTE COMPANY LLC,...

1. A package kit for storing a plurality of products, the package kit comprising:a plurality of primary packages, each primary package comprising a cavity for storing one of the products, and
a secondary package storing the plurality of primary packages,
the secondary package comprising a back panel and a front panel,
the plurality of primary packages being sandwiched between the back panel and the front panel,
the front panel comprising
at least a first row of a plurality of apertures, the number of apertures corresponding to the number of primary packages for displaying at least a portion of each primary package,
at least a first outer circumferential portion partially surrounding the plurality of apertures and being at least partially attached to the back panel, and
a second outer circumferential portion being at least partially attached to the back panel, wherein
the front panel further comprises an elevated portion being arranged between the first outer circumferential portion and the second outer circumferential portion, wherein
the first outer circumferential portion comprises a first limb and a second limb, and the second outer circumferential portion comprises a third limb and a fourth limb, and the elevated portion extends from the first, the second, the third and the fourth limb, respectively,
wherein the elevated portion is hingeably connected to the first, the second, the third and the fourth limb, respectively.

US Pat. No. 9,751,229

HEATED SHAVING RAZOR

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A shaving razor system comprising:
a housing having a guard and a cap;
at least one blade mounted to the housing between the guard and the cap;
at least one metallic clip securing the at least one blade to the housing;
and a heater bar to provide warmth to the user's skin during shaving, the heater bar has at least one notch that receives
at least a respective portion of the clip; and

a heating element positioned below the heater bar wherein the heating element comprises a resistive member and an insulating
member wherein the resistive member has a resistance of 0.1 Ohm to 20 Ohm.

US Pat. No. 10,119,304

POINT OF SALE ASSEMBLY HAVING ANTITHEFT FUNCTIONALITY AND METHOD THEREOF

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A point of sale assembly having antitheft functionality comprising:a sealed consumer product package having a face with two spaced apart openings extending into the package dimensioned to receive at least a portion of a lock;
a consumer product positioned inside the package;
the lock having a sensor, wherein the lock has a body positioned outside the sealed consumer product package and at least one locking arm extending into the opening of the sealed consumer product package and secured to the consumer product, wherein the lock comprises a pair of locking arms extending into the corresponding pair of openings and are secured to the consumer product and the consumer product comprises a dispenser having an undercut that engages the locking arm.

US Pat. No. 10,053,272

CONSUMER PRODUCT PACKAGE

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A plurality of tubs for holding a consumer product comprising:a first tub comprising a base and a perimeter wall defining a cavity, the base comprising at least two projections extending upward and away from the base within the cavity, the at least two projections spaced apart from the perimeter wall, at least one of the projections including a secondary projection disposed adjacent the at least one projection and extending upward and away from the base, the secondary projection having a height different than a height of each of the at least two projections, the secondary projection having a horizontal surface and
a second tub comprising a base and a perimeter wall defining a cavity, the base comprising at least two projections extending upward and away from the base within the cavity, the at least two projections spaced apart from the perimeter wall, at least one of the projections including a secondary projection disposed adjacent the at least one projection and extending upward and away from the base, the secondary projection having a height different than a height of each of the at least two projections, the secondary projection having a horizontal surface, the horizontal surface of the secondary projection of the second tub having a different configuration than the horizontal surface of the secondary projection of the first tub such that when said first tub is stacked on said second tub with the secondary projections oriented in a same direction a portion of the horizontal surface of the secondary projection of the second tub is free from contact with the first tub.

US Pat. No. 10,011,030

RAZOR BLADES

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A method of treating one or more coated razor blade edges comprising the steps of:(a) treating said one or more coated razor blade edges in a solvent, thereby modifying said one or more coated razor blade edges in said solvent;
(b) treating said modified one or more coated razor blade edges in said modified solvent and further modifying said one or more modified coated razor blade edges and said modified solvent; and
(c) repeating step (b) one or more times.

US Pat. No. 9,962,844

PERSONAL-CARE APPLIANCE AND METHOD OF ASSEMBLY

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A liquid dispensing razor comprising:a handle having an upper end and a lower end opposed to the upper end, the handle defining a cavity between the upper end and the lower end, the cavity defining a cover opening at a cover side, and the cavity further defining a closed side opposed to the cover side;
a shaving razor cartridge mounted to the handle at the upper end, the shaving razor cartridge having a cap, a guard, and one or more blades between the cap and the guard;
a fluid applicator mounted to the shaving razor cartridge for delivering fluid to a surface to be shaved;
a fluid reservoir at least partially positioned within the cavity of the handle, the fluid reservoir having an inner wall defining an opening and a frangible seal within the opening, the fluid reservoir being accessible through the cover side; and
a fluid connector positioned within the cavity, the fluid connector having an angled tip configured to pierce the frangible seal to establish a fluid connection between the fluid applicator and the fluid reservoir, wherein said angled tip is configured with a long edge and a short edge such that the long edge is positioned towards the cover opening and said short edge is positioned opposite said long edge, and wherein the fluid reservoir has an inner wall with an annular rib that engages the fluid connector.

US Pat. No. 9,833,917

HEATED SHAVING RAZORS

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A shaving razor system comprising:
a handle,
a shaving razor cartridge mounted to the handle, the shaving razor cartridge having a housing comprising a guard, a cap, and
one or more blades located between the guard and the cap, said guard being positioned in front of said one or more blades,
said cap being positioned behind said one or more blades,

a heat delivering element mounted to the housing for transferring heat during a shaving stroke, said heat delivering element
comprising a skin contacting surface and an opposing bottom surface defined by a perimeter wall; and

an insulating member positioned within the perimeter wall, the insulating member having a first surface facing the bottom
surface of the heat delivering element and a second surface, wherein the housing defines at least one opening extending into
the housing and the perimeter wall has at least one leg extending into the at least one opening of the housing for securing
the heat delivering element to the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,137,584

ADAPTER FOR A HANDLE AND A CARTRIDGE OF DIFFERENT RAZOR SYSTEMS

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. An adapter for coupling each of a razor handle and a razor cartridge together, the adapter comprising:a handle engaging portion comprising:
at least one wall that defines a receptacle for receiving a razor handle;
a first handle protrusion extending from the at least one wall; and
a second handle protrusion extending from the at least one wall and being spaced from the first handle protrusion;
wherein the first handle protrusion and the second handle protrusion are configured to extend into a first recess and a second recess, respectively, of a stem of a razor handle;
a cartridge engaging portion coupled with the handle engaging portion, the cartridge engaging portion comprising:
a stem that defines a recess for selectively engaging a cartridge protrusion; and
a collar slidably coupled with the stem and slidable between a resting position and an ejecting position;
wherein sliding the collar from the resting position to the ejecting position facilitates ejection of a cartridge from the stem.

US Pat. No. 10,125,336

LUBRICATING SHAVING AID MEMBER

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A shaving aid member comprising a lubricating material, the lubricating material comprising:a. about 50% or more, by weight of the lubricating material, of a water soluble polymer having an average molecular weight of from about 100,000 to about 6,000,000, wherein said water soluble polymer comprises
i. a first polyethylene oxide having an average molecular weight of 300,000 in an amount of 29% to 32%, by weight of the lubricating material, and
ii. a second polyethylene oxide having an average molecular weight of 5,000,000 in an amount of from 19% to 22%, by weight of the lubricating material; and
b. from about 5% to about 10%, by weight of the lubricating material, of a copolymer of polyethylene oxide and polypropylene oxide, wherein the copolymer of polyethylene oxide and polypropylene oxide has an average molecular weight of from 12,000 to 13,000.

US Pat. No. 10,123,610

FORCE-SENSING TOOTHBRUSH

THE GILLETTE COMPANY LLC,...

1. A toothbrush comprising:a handle having a first end, a second end opposite to the first end, and an internal chamber disposed between the first and second ends;
a head coupled to the first end of the handle, the head including a plurality of cleaning elements;
a neck extending between the head and the handle;
a spring motor disposed in the internal chamber;
a timer disposed in the internal chamber, the timer being in operative communication with the spring motor;
a force sensor structured and configured to detect a user-applied force exceeding a predetermined threshold force and to cause an activation of at least one of an audible signal and a tactile signal indicating that the force applied by a user exceeds the threshold force;
a manual winder comprising an end cap coupled to and movable relative to the first end of the handle;
wherein the end cap is structured and configured to be manually moved, by a user, to energize the motor and activate the timer for a set period of time.

US Pat. No. 10,118,304

METHOD OF TREATING RAZOR BLADE CUTTING EDGES

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A method of forming a polyt1uorocarbon coating on a razor blade cutting edge comprising the steps of:(a) coating a razor blade cutting edge with a first dispersion of polyfluorncarbon in a dispersing medium;
(b) heating the coating to adhere the polyfluorocarbon to said razor blade cutting edge;
(c) treating said razor blade cutting edge with a first solvent to partially remove said first coating;
(d) coating said razor blade cutting edge with a second dispersion of polyfluorocarbon in a dispersing medium, wherein said second dispersion is disposed over said first coating; and
(e) heating the coating of step (d) to adhere the second polyfluorocarbon to said razor blade cutting edge.

US Pat. No. 9,925,678

RAZOR BLADE WITH A PRINTED OBJECT

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A method of making a razor blade for a razor cartridge, comprising the steps of:a. providing a razor blade, the razor blade having a first side, an opposing second side, a cutting edge extending along a length of said razor blade;
b. printing at least one printed object on said length of said razor blade wherein said at least one printed object comprises a plurality of solid objects of one or more printed dots.

US Pat. No. 9,993,066

METHOD TO MANUFACTURE AN INJECTION MOLDED COMPONENT AND INJECTION MOLDED COMPONENT

THE GILLETTE COMPANY LLC,...

1. A method of manufacturing an injection-molded first component of an article having a sheath element with a cavity and a recess extending from the cavity into a wall of the sheath element surrounding the cavity, the method comprising the steps of:providing a first mold having first mold components that define a first mold cavity in the form of a pre-sheath element having a through hole in the pre-sheath element at the location where the recess is to be formed, wherein the first mold components define the lid element as a structure extending from an outer side of the pre-sheath element;
injection-molding of the pre-sheath element using a first plastic material;
closing the through-hole with a lid element, wherein the step of closing the through-hole includes bending the lid element until it closes the through hole;
providing a second mold having second mold components for receiving the pre-sheath element and for defining a remaining second mold cavity that extends at least over a part of a parting line between the lid element and the pre-sheath element when the pre-sheath element is inserted in the second mold;
inserting the pre-sheath element into the second mold; and
connecting the lid element with the pre-sheath element by injecting a second plastic material into the second mold cavity such that the sheath element is formed.

US Pat. No. 9,962,843

METHOD FOR MEASURING FIBER CUTTING FORCE

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A method for measuring the cutting force on a single fiber, said method comprising the steps of:a. providing a blade having an edge;
b. providing a fiber mount for holding said fiber; wherein said fiber mount comprises a fiber sleeve to contain said fiber in said fiber mount;
c. providing at least one sensor connected to said fiber mount;
d. moving said blade toward said fiber and cutting said fiber; and
e. measuring the cutting force on said fiber with said sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,147,918

RETARDING MECHANISM

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A powered appliance comprising: a handle comprising an upper part and a lower part, the lower part comprising a battery shell with one or more engagement members wherein each of said one or more engagement members comprise one or more engagement springs, the upper part comprising a battery carrier having one or more engagement structures, said engagement structures comprising one or more protrusions, one or more recesses, or any combination thereof, wherein said one or more engagement members is engaged with said engagement structures, such that the battery shell is retarded when detached from the upper part of the handle.

US Pat. No. 10,174,884

VALVE STEM FOR A COMPRESSIBLE VALVE

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A valve stem for a pressurized valve assembly, the valve stem comprising:a. an open top portion,
b. a closed bottom portion,
c. at least one primary radial opening disposed proximate to the closed bottom portion;
d. at least one secondary radial opening disposed above the at least one primary radial opening;
e. a valve stem longitudinal passageway between the open top portion and the at least one primary radial opening;
f. a primary flange extending transversely away from the longitudinal passageway;
g. a secondary flange disposed between the primary flange and the at least one secondary radial opening; and
h. a conduit extends from the valve stem at an angle relative to the valve stem longitudinal passageway and proximate to the open top portion, wherein the conduit provides a flow path between the valve stem longitudinal passageway at a conduit first end and a dispensing opening at a conduit second end;
i. wherein the primary flange is disposed between the open top portion and the secondary flange of the valve stem,
j. a third annular flange around said valve stem positioned between said bottom portion and said at least one secondary radial opening;
k. wherein said third annular flange is positioned intermediate between the at least one secondary radial opening and the at least one primary radial opening; and
l. wherein said at least one primary radial opening comprises more than one row of primary radial openings, and said third annular flange is positioned intermediate between said more than one rows of primary radial openings.

US Pat. No. 10,218,212

SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR INDUCTIVE CHARGING OF A HANDHELD DEVICE

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A wireless charging device, comprising:a transmitting side resonant tank circuit that includes a transmitting side tank capacitor and a primary transmission coil, wherein the primary transmission coil is coupled to the transmitting side tank capacitor, wherein the primary transmission coil creates an alternating magnetic field that is inductively coupled to a receiver coil on a handheld device that is utilized to charge a battery in the handheld device;
a bridge component that is coupled to the transmitting side resonant tank circuit for driving the transmitting side resonant tank circuit, wherein the bridge component receives a voltage from a power supply for supplying a rail of the transmitting side resonant tank circuit;
a regulator circuitry that controls the bridge component, wherein the regulator circuitry executes logic that controls an amount of power that is delivered to the transmitting side resonant tank circuit; and
a current sensing element that informs the regulator circuitry of an amount of current drawn from the power supply.
US Pat. No. 10,189,972

MOLDING MATERIAL

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A shaving razor comprising:a blade cartridge unit having at least one blade; and
a handle having a frame and a blade cartridge connecting assembly operatively connected to the frame and the blade cartridge unit, the blade cartridge connecting assembly comprising:
a docking station releasably attached to the blade cartridge unit
a pod operably coupled to the frame to rotate relative to the frame, and;
an ejector button, wherein the blade cartridge connecting assembly is configured to rotate about an axis of rotation that is substantially perpendicular to the frame and wherein the blade cartridge unit is configured to rotate about an axis of rotation that is substantially parallel to the blade and substantially perpendicular to the handle.

US Pat. No. 10,188,189

CONNECTED CONTAINERS FOR RAZOR CARTRIDGES

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A plurality of connected individual containers for a razor cartridge, comprising:a. a first individual container containing a first razor cartridge comprising:
i. a plastic container defining a storage region and having a perimeter around an entrance to the storage region, the container comprising a first side wall, a second side wall opposite the first side wall, a first end wall, a second end wall opposite the first end wall, a bottom wall extending between the first side wall, the second side wall, the first end wall and the second end wall, and a front flange extending outward from said first side wall at said perimeter and perpendicular to the first side wall, wherein the first razor cartridge is positioned within the storage region;
b. a second individual container containing a second razor cartridge comprising:
i. a plastic container defining a storage region and having a perimeter around an entrance to the storage region, the container comprising a first side wall, a second side wall opposite the first side wall, a first end wall, a second end wall opposite the first end wall, a bottom wall extending between the first side wall, the second side wall, the first end wall and the second end wall, and a front flange extending outward from said first side wall at said perimeter, wherein the second razor cartridge is positioned within the storage region;
c. a joint securing the front flange of the second individual container to the second side wall of the first individual container at the perimeter, the front flange of the second individual container extending beyond said second side wall of the first individual container and above the storage region of first individual container.

US Pat. No. 10,226,874

HANDLE FOR A RAZOR

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A head for a razor handle, the head comprising:a cartridge engaging end configured to receive a razor cartridge; and
an attachment end comprising a stem, a pair of posts disposed on opposite sides of the stem, and at least one protrusion, the at least one protrusion being configured to interact with a handle body to facilitate attachment of the attachment end thereto;
wherein the stem defines a centerline and the protrusion extends away from the stem and the centerline and wherein the at least one protrusion comprises a pair of protrusions wherein one of the protrusions is longer than the other protrusion.

US Pat. No. 10,232,521

PUMP FOR A LIQUID DISPENSING HAIR REMOVAL DEVICE

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A liquid dispensing unit for a hair removal device comprising:first and second connectors, the first and second connectors each having a respective one of first and second valves;
a resilient tube having an outer surface, the resilient tube disposed between the first and second connectors, the resilient tube having a bend; and
an actuator aligned with the resilient tube, the actuator consisting of a single button and having an inner surface contacting the outer surface of the resilient tube, such that said bend of said resilient tube curves at where said inner surface of said actuator contacts the outer surface of said resilient tube, wherein the resilient tube has a neutral position with both said valves closed and a second position with one of said valves opened and the other of said valves closed, wherein the first valve opens and the second valve is closed upon depressing the actuator radially to compress the resilient tube and the second valve opens and the first valve is closed upon releasing the actuator to allow the resilient tube to return to a non compressed state.

US Pat. No. 10,293,503

SHAVING RAZORS AND SHAVING CARTRIDGES

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A shaving razor handle comprising:a handle casing;
a handle interconnect member coupled to the handle casing, the handle interconnect member having a body with an arched profile;
a projection extending from the body, the projection having a pair of side surfaces that taper from an enlarged distal end to a relatively smaller base forming a projected apex angle.

US Pat. No. 10,273,067

PACKAGE FOR STORING A PLURALITY OF PRODUCTS

THE GILLETTE COMPANY LLC,...

14. Process for the manufacture of a package-product arrangement according to claim 12, comprising the following steps:providing a plastic sheet;
inserting the plastic sheet into a mold having a plurality of mold cavities;
heating the plastic sheet to a forming temperature in order to be pliable;
thermoforming a plurality of cavities into the plastic sheet, the cavities corresponding to the shape of the mold cavities, thereby providing a blister layer comprising a plurality of blister cavities;
providing a plurality of products;
inserting the products into respective blister cavities;
providing a cardboard blank;
attaching the cardboard blank onto the blister layer, thereby providing a primary package comprising a plurality of products;
providing a front panel in a substantially flat manner, the front panel comprising at least a first aperture and a second aperture, at least a first outer circumferential portion at least partially surrounding the first aperture, and a second outer circumferential portion at least partially surrounding the second aperture, and a portion being arranged between the first and the second aperture and extending from the first and the second outer circumferential portions;
folding the front panel in a manner that the portion being arranged between the first aperture and the second aperture is elevated with respect to the first and second outer circumferential portions and forms an inner recess;
laying the primary package onto the front panel so that the blister cavities are placed in the recess, and extend at least partially through the first aperture and the second aperture;
providing a back panel; and
attaching the back panel to at least a portion of the first outer circumferential portion and to at least a portion of the second outer circumferential portion, thereby providing a secondary package comprising the primary package and the products.

US Pat. No. 10,298,471

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING DEVICE USAGE DATA

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A system for monitoring device usage, comprising:a handheld device for performing an action, wherein the handheld device comprises
a handle portion;
a sensing system;
a transmitting system; and
a cartridge connection component;
wherein the sensing system comprises an engagement sensor to detect any of a position, an angle, and a movement of the handheld device; and
wherein the transmitting system comprises a transmitter; and
a computer that comprises a processor and a memory component, wherein the memory component stores logic that, when executed by the processor causes the computer to perform at least the following:
determine a minimum device engagement time of the handheld device, wherein the minimum device engagement time relates to a shortest duration of time the engagement sensor can be triggered to count for a pass of the handheld device in an active state;
receive output data from the engagement sensor based on a triggering of the engagement sensor during the action;
determine an actual device engagement time based on the output data;
determine if the actual device engagement time is at least as long as the minimum device engagement time;
in response to determining that the actual device engagement time is at least as long as the minimum device engagement time, determine the action taken by the handheld device; and
provide data related to the action taken by the handheld device for display.

US Pat. No. 10,293,502

SHAVING RAZORS AND SHAVING CARTRIDGES

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A shaving blade unit comprising:a housing having a top surface, a bottom surface, a front edge, a rear edge and a pair of side edges extending between the front edge and the rear edge, the housing having a plurality of blades disposed between the front edge and the rear edge, each blade having a cutting edge and a blade axis, the cutting edges of said blades pointing toward said front edge;
a first aperture and a second aperture each aperture disposed away from the housing edges and each extending into the housing from the top surface, said first and second apertures positioned in back of all the cutting edges; and
a pair of spaced apart clips each having a leg received within the corresponding aperture of the housing and the leg bent to fix the leg relative to the housing, wherein the clips retain the blades within the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,334,744

ELECTRONIC SUBASSEMBLY FOR A PERSONAL CARE PRODUCT

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. An electronic subassembly for a personal care product comprising:a housing defining a chamber having an open end;
a first circuit board having a rigid end positioned within the chamber and a flexible portion positioned outside the chamber;
a second circuit board positioned within the chamber, the second circuit board having a connector dimensioned to receive the rigid end of the first circuit board; and
a chassis positioned within the chamber, the chassis comprising a platform and a battery housing dimensioned to receive a battery, wherein the second circuit board is mounted to the platform.

US Pat. No. 10,314,387

HEAD FOR AN ORAL CARE IMPLEMENT

THE GILLETTE COMPANY LLC,...

1. A head for an oral-care implement having a proximal end, a distal end opposite to the proximal end, and a longitudinal extension therebetween, the head comprising:a plurality of tufts extending from a mounting surface of the head, at least some of the tufts being inclined tufts, the inclined tufts comprising tufts that are inclined in a first direction with respect to the mounting surface and tufts that are inclined in a second direction with respect to the mounting surface, the first direction being opposite to the second direction, wherein each of the at least some of the inclined tufts comprises a first group of filaments having a first length, a second group of filaments having a second length different from the first length, and a third group of filaments,
wherein the first group of filaments is sandwiched between the second group of filaments and the third group of filaments such that the tuft's outer lateral area comprises a section of the first group of filaments, a section of the second group of filaments, and a section of the third group of filaments,
wherein the plurality of tufts forms at least a first longitudinal row of tufts and a second longitudinal row of tufts, each longitudinal row being arranged substantially parallel to the longitudinal extension of the head,
wherein the tufts of the first longitudinal row are inclined in a direction toward a proximal end of the head and the tufts of the second longitudinal row are inclined in a direction toward a distal end of the head, the proximal end being opposite to the distal end,
wherein the tufts of the at least first and second longitudinal rows comprise the group of filaments having a greater length, which filaments define a first upper top surface that is substantially parallel to the mounting surface,
wherein the first upper top surface comprises a first transverse row and a second transverse row, the first and second transverse rows being substantially parallel to the mounting surface and substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal extension of the head, and wherein each of the first transverse row and the second transverse row is formed by at least one of the tufts inclined in the first direction and at least one of the tufts inclined in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,315,323

RAZOR CARTRIDGE WITH A PRINTED LUBRICATION CONTROL MEMBER

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A method of making a razor cartridge comprising the steps of;a. providing a razor cartridge comprising a guard at a front portion of said cartridge, a cap at a back portion of said cartridge, at least one blade positioned between said guard and said cap, a top surface, and a lubricating member positioned at said top surface, said lubricating member having a visible surface, said visible surface having a visible surface area;
b. printing a lubrication control structure directly on said visible surface of said lubricating member, said lubrication control structure comprising a UV curable ink covering a portion of said visible surface area creating a covered portion and an open portion, wherein the printed lubrication control structure comprises a plurality of individual printed droplets having a diameter of 10 microns or less with adjacent printed droplets spaced apart from one another.

US Pat. No. 10,315,319

FORMATION OF THIN UNIFORM COATINGS ON BLADE EDGES USING ISOSTATIC PRESS

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A razor blade comprising a blade edge having a coating comprised of a polymeric material, said polymeric material isostatically-pressed.

US Pat. No. 10,369,711

SHAVING RAZOR CARTRIDGE

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A shaving razor cartridge comprising:a housing having a guard and a cap;
at least one blade mounted to the housing between the guard and the cap, the at least one blade having a cutting edge and a base portion having a bottom surface;
at least one blade registration member mounted to the housing, the blade registration having a bottom surface with pair of supported regions contacting the housing and an unsupported region therebetween that is spaced apart from the housing;
a blade retention member securing the at least one blade between the blade registration member and the blade retention member, wherein the unsupported region contacts the bottom surface of the base portion and has a span of about 0.25 mm to about 5 mm between a pair of supported regions and the blade registration member and housing are a unitary member and the at least one blade registration member comprises an elastomeric material to facilitate the blade registration member pushing the at least one blade against the blade retention member.

US Pat. No. 10,377,052

SHAVING CARTRIDGES HAVING THERMAL SENSORS

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A method of controlling transfer of heat to skin during a shaving stroke, said method comprising:providing a shaving razor system comprising a heating element,
providing an insulating member for delivering heat to the heating element;
measuring a temperature of a first area of the heating element with a first thermal sensor;
measuring a temperature of a second area of the heating element with a second thermal sensor;
switching power to the insulating member off when an average temperature sensed by the thermal sensors is greater than or equal to a first predetermined temperature; and
switching power to the insulating member off when an individual temperature sensed by either of the thermal sensors is greater than or equal to a second predetermined temperature, wherein the first predetermined temperature is different than the second predetermined temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,431,915

ELECTRONIC SUBASSEMBLY FOR A PERSONAL CARE PRODUCT

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. An electronic subassembly for a personal care product comprising:a housing defining a chamber, the housing defining a tapered guide surface;
a first circuit board having a rigid end positioned within the chamber and a flexible portion positioned outside the chamber;
a second circuit board positioned within the chamber of the housing, the second circuit board having an electrical connector dimensioned to receive the rigid end; wherein the tapered guide surface aligns the rigid end with the electrical connector and a sealant filled around the first circuit board preventing water ingress to the rigid end.

US Pat. No. 10,414,058

HANDLE FOR A RAZOR

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A handle for a razor cartridge, the handle comprising:a head having a cartridge engaging end and an attachment end;
a body formed of a first material and defining a centerline, the body having a front end and a rear end, wherein the front end is coupled with the attachment end; and
a cover layer at least partially overlying the body and formed of a second material, the cover layer comprising a base surface having a plurality of projections extending therefrom, wherein each projection of the plurality of projections has an upper surface that is substantially planar, wherein:
each projection of the plurality of projections is interposed between a pair of immediately adjacent projections;
each projection of the plurality of projections defines a height; and
the height of each projection of the plurality of projections is:
greater than the height of one of the immediately adjacent projections; and
less than the height of the other immediately adjacent projection.

US Pat. No. 10,414,059

BATTERY OPERATED RAZOR

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A battery operated razor comprising:a grip tube having an exterior wall defining a chamber having an interior wall and an open end;
a battery cover having an exterior wall defining a cavity having an interior wall and an open end, the battery cover removably mounted on the grip tube, wherein the grip tube chamber and battery cover cavity are configured to contain one or more batteries, and
a closing system comprising a first threaded portion at the grip tube chamber open end and a second threaded portion at the battery cover cavity open end mating with the first threaded portion, the closing system including a first conductive component and a second conductive component, the first conductive component is slidably attached to the interior wall of the battery cover cavity and biased toward a predetermined axial position, the second conductive component is secured to the interior wall of the grip tube chamber;
the first conductive component comprises an L-shaped member extending circumferentially about the interior wall of the battery cover cavity proximate the battery cover open end providing a contact surface facing the open end, the first conductive component L-shaped member comprises a first end and a second end opposite the first end, the first end having a leg extending axially from the contact surface toward the open end of the cavity forming a first conductive component end stop and the second end having a kinked portion proximate the second end extending axially away from the contact surface toward the battery cover open end;
the second conductive component comprises an L-shaped member extending circumferentially about the interior wall of the grip tube chamber and providing a contact surface facing the grip tube chamber open end, the L-shaped member comprises a first end and a second end opposite the first end, the first end having a leg extending axially from the contact surface away from the grip tube chamber open end forming a second conductive component end stop, the second end having a protrusion proximate the second end extending from the contact surface, toward the grip tube chamber open end;
wherein during attachment of the battery cover to the grip tube, the first conductive component contact surface interfaces with the second conductive component contact surface wherein the kinked portion of the first conductive component contact surface interferes with the second conductive component contact surface deflecting the first conductive component axially as the kinked portion slides circumferentially along the contact surface of the second conductive component producing an audible click as the kinked portion slides over the protuberance on the second conductive component contact surface and contacting the first conductive component end stop with the second conductive component end stop subsequent to the audible click.

US Pat. No. 10,391,652

BLADE SUPPORT FOR MULTI-BLADE RAZOR CARTIRDGES

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A razor blade unit comprising:a housing having a plurality of spaced apart support members, each support member having at least four pegs in a zig-zag arrangement with immediate adjacent pegs offset from each other the support members;
a guard arranged at a front portion of the housing;
a cap arranged at a rear portion of the housing;
a plurality of blades each comprising a sharp top edge and a bottom portion having opposing front and back sides and being arranged essentially in parallel between the guard and the cap, wherein only a single peg on each of the respective support members supports the front of each blade and only a single peg on each of the respective support members supports the back of each blade.

US Pat. No. 10,363,674

RAZOR CARTRIDGE GUARD STRUCTURE

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A razor comprising a guard structure in front of a plurality of blades, said guard structure comprising a plurality of rows of elongated hard plastic protrusions arranged on a curved profile wherein said curved profile of said guard structure is represented by an equationy=0.0348x5?0.3058x4+1.0288x3?1.7226x2+1.6388x where x is a distance from a front end of the guard structure towards the blades to a back end of the guard structure and y is a height of subsequent protrusions of said protrusions relative to a height of a first protrusion at the front of the guard structure.

US Pat. No. 10,421,205

HEATED SHAVING RAZORS

The Gillette Company LLC,...

12. A shaving razor cartridge comprising:a housing comprising a guard, a cap, and one or more blades located between the guard and the cap, said guard being positioned in front of said one or more blades, said cap being positioned behind said one or more blades,
a heat delivering element mounted to the housing for transferring heat during a shaving stroke, said heat delivering element comprising a skin contacting surface and an opposing bottom surface, wherein the bottom surface is encompassed by a perimeter wall extending outwardly from a periphery of the bottom surface away from the skin contacting surface; and
an insulating member positioned within the perimeter wall, the insulating member having a first surface facing the bottom surface of the heat delivering element and a second surface, wherein the heat delivering element comprises a plurality of legs extending from the perimeter wall in a direction transverse to and away from both the bottom surface and the skin contacting surface and wherein the legs are configured for securing the heat delivering element to the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,384,360

RAZOR BLADE WITH A PRINTED OBJECT

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A method of making a razor blade for a razor cartridge, comprising the steps of:a. providing a razor blade, the razor blade having a first side, an opposing second side, and a cutting edge extending along a length of said razor blade;
b. printing at least one printed object on said length of said razor blade, wherein the at least one printed object has a height dimension of from about 0.04 mm to about 0.60 mm as measured in a direction perpendicular to one of said sides of the razor blade wherein said printing is inkjet printing.
US Pat. No. 10,391,704

METHOD TO MANUFACTURE A RAZOR HANDLE

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A method to manufacture a razor handle, said method comprising the steps of:a) providing a material which is formable by hand
b) forming a handle model from said moldable material by hand
c) creating a 3D point cloud from said handle model
d) creating a 3D CAD file of said 3D point cloud of said handle model
e) creating a connection point for a razor cartridge in said 3D CAD file of said handle
f) 3D printing said connection point and handle.

US Pat. No. 10,562,198

RAZOR CARTRIDGE WITH NON-CUTTING ELEMENT

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A razor cartridge comprising:one or more razor blades, each of said razor blades having a cutting edge;
at least one non-cutting element;
a frame having a plurality of blade positions wherein each of said one or more razor blades and each of said at least one non-cutting element is disposed in a separate one of said plurality of blade positions such that every razor blade is spaced apart from each said at least one non-cutting element, wherein each said cutting edge of said one or more razor blades is directed toward a front of said cartridge and wherein a rinse-through gap is provided immediately before and immediately after said at least one non-cutting element.

US Pat. No. 10,478,388

SKIN ENGAGING SHAVING AID MEMBER COMPRISING AT LEAST ONE THERMALLY RESILIENT SENSATE

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A skin engaging shaving aid member, said skin engaging shaving aid member comprising:a. a matrix comprising at least one of: a water soluble polymer, an emollient, and a soap base, wherein the water soluble polymer is at a level of from about 50% to about 100%, by weight of the matrix;
b. from about 5% to about 15%, by weight of the skin engaging shaving aid member, of a thermally resilient sensate, the thermally resilient sensate comprising
N-[4-(cyanomethyl)phenyl]-(1R,2S,5R)-2-isopropyl-5-methylcyclohexanecarboxamide of formula:
andc. from about 15% to about 35%, by weight of the skin engaging shaving aid member, of a water insoluble polymer.

US Pat. No. 10,549,438

RAZOR BLADES HAVING A WIDE FACET ANGLE

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A razor blade comprising:a substrate with a coating joined to said substrate defining a coated blade, said coated blade comprising a cutting edge being defined by a blade tip having a tip radius of from 50 to 350 angstroms, said coated blade comprising a pair of first facets extending from said blade tip and a pair of second facets extending from a respective one of the first facets, said coated blade comprising a facet angle from 90° to 135°, a facet width from 0.38 micrometers to 0.65 micrometers, a wedge angle from 5° to 30°, said coated blade having a thickness of between 0.8 and 1.5 micrometers measured at a distance of 1 micrometer from the blade tip wherein said coating comprises a hard coating having a thickness of less than 5,000 Angstroms, wherein said facet width is determined by a first line perpendicular to a first linear extension of one of said pair of first facets drawn at a first intersection of said first linear extension and a second linear extension of one of said pair of second facets, a second line perpendicular to a third linear extension of another one of said pair of first facets drawn at a second intersection of said third linear extension and a fourth linear extension of another one of said pair of second facets, and wherein said facet width is measured between a third intersection of said first line and said coated blade and a fourth intersection of said second line and said coated blade.

US Pat. No. 10,482,522

METHOD FOR PROVIDING A CUSTOMIZED PRODUCT RECOMMENDATION

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A digital imaging method of analyzing shaving stroke video information for providing a customized product recommendation to a user, the digital imaging method comprising the steps of:a. collecting by a digital camera video information from a user when shaving;
b. transmitting the video information from the digital camera to a computing device;
c. analyzing by an analyzing logic in the computing device the video information from the digital camera to determine a type of each shaving stroke and an area on the body where each shaving stroke is taken when shaving;
d. selecting by the analyzing logic in the computing device a product for the user from at least two available products based upon the type of each shaving stroke and the area on the body where each shaving stroke is taken; and
e. recommending by an interface logic in the computing device the selected product to the user.

US Pat. No. 10,525,749

PRINTING SYSTEM HAVING A PRINT BED AND A SHIELDING PANEL

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A printing system comprising:a base;
a print head assembly slidably coupled with the base and slidable along a longitudinal path, the print head assembly comprising a print head that is configured to selectively dispense a printing medium therefrom;
a print bed slidably coupled with the base and slidable along a lateral path between a retracted position and an extended position, the print bed comprising a lower tray and a substrate, the lower tray comprising an outer edge and the substrate configured to support an article thereon for printing upon;
and
a first shielding panel coupled with the base adjacent to the print bed, the first shielding panel comprising an upper surface, wherein:
the first shielding panel overlies at least a portion of the outer edge of the lower tray when the print bed is in the retracted position; and
the upper surface of the first shielding panel is formed of a light absorbent material that has a hemispherical reflectance of between about 0% and about 5% for a light spectrum range of between about 220 nm and about 400 nm.

US Pat. No. 10,562,200

POLYMERIC CUTTING EDGE STRUCTURES AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING POLYMERIC CUTTING EDGE STRUCTURES

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A method for manufacturing at least one cutting edge structure comprising the steps of:providing a computer model of a cutting edge structure;
providing a liquid precursor material disposed within a container;
immersing at least one substrate into said liquid precursor material;
curing portions of said liquid precursor material in a focal point of an electromagnetic radiation while said at least one substrate is disposed in said precursor material;
wherein a wavelength of said radiation is about double a wavelength required to cure said liquid precursor material;
moving the focal point of said radiation within said precursor material to form at least one cutting edge structure on said substrate based on said model; and
removing said substrate with said at least one cutting edge structure from said liquid precursor material in said container, wherein said at least one cutting edge structure is a razor blade or a portion of a blade box.

US Pat. No. 10,538,006

SHAVING RAZORS AND CARTRIDGES

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A shaving razor cartridge comprising:a housing having a pair of opposing walls disposed at opposite sides of the housing, each wall defining an opening extending there through, each of the walls having a pair of opposing bearing surfaces that define a pair of respective concentric arcs, at least one of the bearing surfaces of each wall defines a “U”-shaped slot that is in communication with the respective opening; and
at least one blade mounted to the housing, the blade having an edge wherein water can access the edge from a top and bottom of the housing and from the sides of the housing through the openings in the walls.

US Pat. No. 10,518,429

POLYMERIC CUTTING EDGE STRUCTURES AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING POLYMERIC CUTTING EDGE STRUCTURES

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A method for manufacturing at least one cutting edge structure comprising the steps of:providing a first polymeric material in liquid form in a container;
providing at least one cutting edge template within said first polymeric material;
curing said first polymeric material while said at least one cutting edge template is disposed in said first polymeric material to form a base structure;
removing said template to obtain a cavity in said base structure;
filling said cavity with a second material, said second material being a precursor for a polymeric material;
curing said second material; and
separating said base structure and said cured second polymeric material, said at least one cutting edge structure comprised of said cured second polymeric material,
wherein said at least one cutting edge structure is a razor blade or a portion of a blade box and wherein a tip radius of said at least one cutting edge structure is less than 1 micrometer.

US Pat. No. 10,562,199

CONNECTING MEMBER

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A razor comprising:a cartridge having a housing;
a razor handle having an axis along its length,
a razor connection member comprising:
at least one finger having a bearing length having a first chamfer oblique to said axis and facing away from the razor handle, and a second chamfer oblique to said axis and facing away from said handle,
wherein said second chamfer is arranged oblique to and contiguous to said first chamfer,
wherein said first chamfer is configured to be at an angle to avoid obstruction with the cartridge housing during insertion.

US Pat. No. 10,602,595

MODULATING AN ILLUMINATION LEVEL OF A USER INTERFACE LUMINOUS ELEMENT

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A method for controlling an illumination level of a luminous element of a user interface for an electrical device, comprising:storing, by a processor, information defining a signal corresponding to a desired time-varying illumination level of the luminous element to be perceived by a human observer, wherein the corresponding signal comprises an increasing sinusoidal-based ramp function and a decreasing sinusoidal-based ramp function;
calculating, by the processor, a time-varying control signal based on the corresponding signal and a nonlinear sensitivity relationship between an actual illumination level and a resulting illumination level perceived by a human eye; and
causing, by the processor, the luminous element to be illuminated in accordance with the calculated time-varying control signal.

US Pat. No. 10,589,437

PERSONAL APPLIANCE

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A razor comprising:a. a handle comprising an implement connecting structure;
b. an implement connected to the implement connecting structure;
c. an implement displacement sensor positioned in the handle;
d. a follower positioned in the handle, the follower having a first end and an opposing second end, the first end of the follower being in contact with the implement and the second end of the follower being sensed by the implement displacement sensor, the follower converts rotational movement of the implement into a linear displacement, the linear displacement of the follower directly correlates to the rotational displacement of the implement Permitting the implement displacement sensor to measure a displacement of the implement relative to a fixed position of the handle;
e. a power source positioned in the handle;
f. an acceleration sensor positioned in the handle;
g. an angular velocity sensor positioned in the handle; and
h. a communication device positioned in the handle.

US Pat. No. 10,578,674

PERSONAL CONSUMER PRODUCT WITH THERMAL CONTROL CIRCUITRY DIAGNOSTICS AND METHODS THEREOF

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A personal consumer product, comprising:a power source;
a first control unit comprising a plurality of measurement ports, wherein one or more of the plurality of measurement ports comprises an analog-digital-converter (ADC) input;
a heating element that heats to a threshold temperature over a period of time in response to the switching element providing a conductive state between the heating element and the power source;
a plurality of sensors positioned to sense a temperature of the heating element, each of the plurality of sensors in electrical communication with a respective measurement port of the first control unit;
a plurality of switching elements, each of the switching elements switchable between a conducting state and a non-conducting state to electrically isolate the heating element from the power source;
wherein the first control unit is configured to execute a diagnostics routine that concludes prior to the conclusion of the period of time, wherein the diagnostics routine comprises:
a test of the switching function of each of the plurality of switching elements between the conducting state and the non-conducting state; and
a test of the temperature sensing function of each of the plurality of sensors.

US Pat. No. 10,583,576

HEATING ELEMENT FOR A SHAVING RAZOR

The Gillette Company LLC,...

1. A heating element for a shaving razor comprising:an insulating member having a base and at least one electrical terminal;
a flexible printed circuit board having a base with at least one electrical terminal electrically and mechanically coupled to the corresponding electrical terminal of the insulating member;
a non electrically conductive underfiller encapsulant between the base of the insulating member and the base of the flexible printed circuit board, wherein the underfiller encapsulant provides a water tight seal around the electrical terminals.